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New Bike Wheel Powers Cyclists Up Hills

Logan's picture

Surely that would take all the fun out of riding, half the point of riding is the fitness you glean from riding up hills etc.

Chitts's picture

... that is surely the case Eye-wink but for mere civilians in a hilly city like Sydney who may have an interest in commuting by bike, perhaps it is an option.

daveh's picture

For a commuter bike only going short distances where we actually want to encourage people to ride this sort of thing is the ticket, especially if it relatively inexpensive and unobtrusive. Somewhere like Sydney is often so hilly that it discourages people from riding to shops, etc. Something like this that takes the edge off those hills would be great......not to mention Cascades.....hmmm.

LadyToast's picture

That is an awesome price for the power meter alone.. I expect they will sell lots of these.

Hans's picture

Note: While an interesting idea...It's still only an idea only at this stage....

Following the laws of would need need a hub that contains approx. 4-5 kgs of hardware...

a) a heavy flywheel to capture kinetic energy
b) a heavy battery to store the "captured" energy
c) a motor (copper/steel) to convert this stored energy into motion.

Naturally there will be losses (friction, converion) in the system.
Control via smartphone, while fashionable, seems overkill for this purpose (and dangerous).

Still interested in carrying this extra weight around all the time?

Hop fiend's picture

this week had a new battery charged small tyre pushing/spinning type of motor!, cannot remember much more about it- too many Rum & Cokes!!!

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